Dr Waddah Mobayed

Dr Waddah Mobayed


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in February 2017, working with Prof. Peter Urwin in the Plant Nematology Group within the Centre for Plant Sciences. My current position is providing me with excellent experience in plant nematology and plant genetic modification.

I have more than 14 years previous experience in Plant Science, particularly related to crop protection. This started when I joined the research body of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA; Syria). I then moved to the General Organization for Seed Multiplication (GOSM) in Syria to undertake a long journey of field, greenhouse and laboratory research work in parallel with my Higher Diploma, MSc and PhD studies in plant protection. A subsequent Lectureship position at Aleppo University covered many topics related to agriculture and biotechnology.

Research interests

Plant diseases and plant pests are the major constraints limiting crop production worldwide, particularly in underdeveloped regions. Many pesticides have deleterious side effects such as damage to the environment and their use can encourage the build-up of resistance in the pests. This has led to a growing move towards regulation and restriction of particular crop protection chemicals in many countries.

My research interests, therefore, focus on how to manage and control pests using alternative strategies such as integrated pest management and genetic modification of crops to produce novel engineered resistance. So, my current research is focused on a project to develop and evaluate transgenic defences in potato plants in order to provide resistance to plant parasitic nematodes.

I also have interests in viral and fungal plant diseases and the management of insect crop pests, particularly aphids.


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  • PhD, Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University
  • MSc, Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Tishreen University
  • Diploma of Higher Studies in Plant Protection, Virology and Entomology, Aleppo University.
  • BSc, Plant Protection Department, Aleppo University.

Professional memberships

  • Arab Society for Plant Protection

Research groups and institutes

  • Plant Science